Yolanda & The Plastic Family Wing

Live Review CBGB's "Downstairs Lounge" 11-21-02 By Michael Wilk

Yolanda and the Beat
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By Michael Wilk
About Michael WilkMichael's Website - Michael's SWS Wing

     Thursday, November 21 was a cold and rainy night in New York City, and yours truly usually doesn’t go out on a “work night”. But I had a great time that night at CBGB’s “Downstairs Lounge”, sipping ice-cold martinis and grooving on the sounds of “Yolanda and the Plastic Family”, fronted by the drag diva herself, 

     Alabama-born Yolanda, who looks like a walking Valentine’s Day card as portrayed by Diana Dors and Divine in her red-and-white fishtail gown, has a warm,  seductively husky voice. She also co-writes her material, along with Jess Jurkovic, who plays great loungy, bluesy-style keyboards and does the band’s arrangements.  Dan Freeman plays a great bass guitar, and lively drumming by Dave Berger and energetic hand percussion by Robin Burdulis make up the rest of this gutsy-sounding band.
    Yolanda opened the set with “Alien Love Child”, a clarion call to every misunderstood small town cross-dresser- “My mind took me to a place in outer space to search for people like me”, and followed with “Human Nature”, “Primal Sensation”, a smoky rendition of Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe”, “Roll With it”, the hilarious “Trannie Chaser”, “Intimacy”, “Angels”, and a rousing encore with “Freedom”, a song about Brandon Teena.
     The Downstairs Lounge is a great space, dark but not too dark, spartanly furnished, and very cozy-I felt like I was in the 1960 British J.D. film “Beat Girl”! There is a bar, of course, and comfortable, roomy chairs and couches to sit on. If I’d known, I would have brought my bongo drums!
     So, keep your eyes and ears open for “Yolanda and the Plastic Family”, because they’re a band with a great, chunky sound, and a chanteuse that’s a whole lotta woman-and then some!

Learn more about all that is Yolanda & The Plastic Family at their website.

About the reviewer, Michael Wilk
     Award winning visual artist Michael Wilk is no newcomer to the literary field either. A writer for Hal Eisner Website and Amazon, he now lends his many talents to the StoneWall Society GLBT  Artists On Art Series. Michael's visual arts are diverse in subject and style, however focus is heavier in capturing and immortalizing moments from the Silver Screen. His interest in vintage materials and subject matter is but one of his unique styles. Learn more about this multi-talented man at his website or SWS wing!

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